Modern medical literature and traditional Ayurvedic records speak of the many potential benefits of the herb Ashwagandha (Indian ginseng or Winter Cherry). Winter Cherry root has historically been used to treat arthritis, constipation, insomnia, stress, high fever, memory loss, boosting immunity and general vitality of the body.
Ashwagandha is a member of a family of plants called adaptogens. The term adaptogen is applied to plants with phytonutrients that regulate metabolism (when the body is upset or under mental stress). They help the body to adapt in a way that normalizes the functions of the system. It develops resistance to such stress in the future. Raises overall body performance. It does not cause any negative symptoms during and after use. This plant is an ideal adaptogen because it has all the above properties. Adaptogens are commonly used to relieve stress, brain health, adrenal gland health, and improve HPA axis dysfunction (direct impact and feedback function of the hypothalamus, pituitary, and adrenal glands).
A study published in the journal Phytomedicine says that the plant has the ability to reduce the level of anxiety due to its calming effects.
Research on this plant has led to the discovery of many biologically active substances. So far, whitaferin A (a molecule that makes up a new class of phytosterols, vitanolid) has been discovered. About 50 different vitanolides have been isolated from the Solanaceaea family (to which Ashwagandha belongs). In a study published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry, component X was isolated to which powerful anti-stress properties are attributed. The chemical characterization of this compound is still in progress. A total of 64 subjects (with a history of chronic stress) were included in the study, published in the Indian Journal of Medical Psychology. Subjects took one capsule (300 mg) twice daily for a period of 60 days. Serum cortisol levels were significantly reduced in the Ashwagandha group compared to the placebo group. The side effects are mild in nature. They are comparable in both groups. No adverse effects were reported.
Under the influence of various factors, immunity is exhausted on a daily basis. Nowadays, the most common are stress, inflammatory processes and lack of sleep. Ashwagandha has significantly improved the strength of immunity by stimulating the general physical condition with its anti-inflammatory and calming effect. It has also been found to enhance the natural activity of natural killer cells that are immune cells against infections.
Tonic for better sleep
In one cup of warm milk (or vegetable milk) add ¼ to 1 teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder (Winter Cherry). Sweeten with a spoonful of honey as desired. You can add a pinch of spices (cinnamon, saffron, nutmeg, or vanilla).
Important Note: Ashwagandha is considered safe to use in doses of 250 milligrams to 3 grams per day. Doses of 500 milligrams have been shown to be excellent in insomnia. It is not recommended for pregnant children, nursing mothers and people using hormone therapy, immunosuppressants with autoimmune diseases, corticosteroids and sedatives. The recommended doses should not be exceeded. It can range from small doses to the final dose, monitoring the body’s response. Caution is recommended for people who have intolerance to plants of the genus Solanaceaea.